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Civil Rights: African American Population

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Formal and informal segregation, lynching and police violence, discrimination in employment, education and public services, lack of political rights, extreme poverty, all of this characterizes African Americans life before, during, and after World War II. During the World War II most African Americans serving were assigned to non-combat units and relegated to service duties, even though everyone was fighting in the war with the same objective, African Americans weren’t being treated the same way as the white Americans, they were in a segregated place, where they knew they weren’t welcomed. ” African Americans were fighting two wars: the war against Nazism and fascism abroad and the war against racial inequality at home.” They were fighting the WWII and the war for equality, but with the world war II they found an opportunity to fight for their rights, while many African American soldiers fought the war in a segregated armed force, others were at home fighting for a better and equal country. With the end of World War II, the civil rights movement only grew, the African American population began to fight more and more to get their rights and be completely free.

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The civil war freed the slaves, but they weren’t completely free, they were trapped in this prejudiced society that didn’t treat them right, and don’t think they deserved to have the same rights as the rest of the American population. African Americans continued to be treated badly, they lived in a segregated society, most of their kids went to a segregated school, they were never given a chance, an opportunity, a small amount of African Americans were accepted to work in factories, many factory owners had prejudice against African Americans and preferred to hire white Americans, but after the world war II they began to fight harder and harder, even more than they were during the war, to earn their rights, to end discrimination and to make society a better place for them and their children to live and grow. They never gave up on fighting, Rosa Park and Martin Luther King were some from several African Americans who fought for their rights, with the resistance of whites for not accepting that people of color deserve their own rights, the movement just grew more and more causing an agitation in the African American population.

 The efforts made by African Americans caused great results for the population, they acquired the basic rights, including equal protection of the laws and the right to vote.   

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